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2020 Cadillac XT5 gets 40 upgrades for the new model year

Cadillac has refreshed the XT5 for the 2020 model year.

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The best-selling SUV in Cadillac's lineup is getting 40 updates for the 2020 model year. Cadillac says that the improvements on the 2020 Cadillac XT5 give customers a greater ability to, "match the luxury crossover to their personality."

Cadillac is adding a Sport trim level, which is slotted between the base Luxury and midgrade Premium Luxury trims. The XT5 Sport has sharper driving dynamics, standard all-wheel drive, and a bolder, darker appearance. XT5 Premium Luxury models are defined by bright trim, contemporary décor, and a comfort-tuned driving experience.

A twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine comes standard and gets 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet. of torque. Buyers can upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 engine that is freshly paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The larger engine achieves 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque.

The SUV has revised front struts and given the SUV driveline enhancements.

2020 Cadillac XT5 Sport

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Cadillac has added a Sport trim to the XT5 lineup for the 2020 model year.

2020 Cadillac XT5 Premium Luxury

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Cadillac is adding the XT5 Premium Luxury model to its lineup for the 2020 model year.

Cadillac has added standard LED headlmaps with IntelliBeam on all models. The SUV's front and rear fascia have also been updated. A new 18-inch wheel is standard on Luxury and Premium Luxury models while a 20-inch wheel is available. Sport trim models have standard 20-inch wheels.

The car's cabin now comes with a host of options including a wider variety of colors and materials for seating, a new center console design, standard heated front seats, and the available Bose Performance Series sound system.

The XT5 has been enhanced to include over 20 available safety and driver assistance technologies including a rotary controller, Near Field Communications technology, 15-watt wireless charging, revised USB ports, an HD instrument cluster, a high-definition rearview camera, Enhanced Automatic Parking Assist with Braking, Rear Pedestrian Alert, and Night Vision.

It comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot.

The company will sell the 2020 XT5 with an available Platinum package, which Cadillac is billing as, "the pinnacle of technology and most sophisticated interior in the lineup." The package is available on all trim levels.

The 2020 Cadillac XT5 is now available on dealership lots nationwide.

Oscar-winning auteur Spike Lee will introduce the 2021 Cadillac Escalade in Hollywood on Tuesday, Feb. 4, with the premiere of "Anthem," a short film he directed.

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We've seen the redesigned 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, and GMC Yukon. Now, it's natural the redesigned 2021 Cadillac Escalade's turn. On Tuesday, February 4 Oscar-winning auteur Spike Lee will introduce the model at the premiere of his new film "Anthem".

What ties the two together? According to Cadillac, "Filmed with Lee's signature Double-Dolly technique, which heightens the sense of motion to draw viewers closer to the character, the film captures the presence, innovation and movement of the next-generation Escalade, with reverence for its more than two decades as a cultural icon."

2021 Cadillac Escalade The Escalade will feature industry-fast OLED screen technology.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

"As one of the greatest storytellers and most creative filmmakers of his time, Spike Lee's unique perspective is the perfect conduit for sharing the passion and spirit of the 2021 Escalade," said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. "It is an icon reimagined."

Along with bold new styling, the 2021 Escalade will feature industry-first curved OLED screen technology. It is likely that the vehicle will be for sale via Cadillac's new virtual car shopping experience, Cadillac Live.

The 2021 model will be the first in the fifth-generation of the Escalade.

The Mercedes-Benz EQC was originally slated to make its way to the U.S. early this year.

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Manager Magazin is reporting that Mercedes-Benz is cutting production plans for its EQC electric SUV by half. The German magazine cites a shortage of battery cells from LG Chem. The South Korean battery maker is in the midst of acquiring a Quebec lithium mine from Nemaska Lithium Inc. That timeline is taking longer than expected.

Mercedes had originally planned on producing 60,000 EQC models in 2020 but is now planning on producing 30,000. The shift comes as Audi is adjusting from stumbling out of the blocks with an EQC competitor, the Audi e-Tron.

The new Mercedes-Benz EQC has a 80 kWh lithium ion battery. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

In 2019, Mercedes had planned on selling 25,000 EQC but was only able to get 7,000 sales on the books allegedly because of the same problem.

Daimler is pushing back on the report saying that it will be producing 50,00 EQC models this year, which is still down from the 60,000 originally projected but not as few as the initial report indicated.

The EQC is a two-row luxury SUV. It features all-wheel drive and delivers 402 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. The model is powered by a 80kWh lithium ion battery with standard DC Fast Charging for a 40-minute charge from 10 to 80 percent at a 110 kW DC charging station.

Mercedes has debuted the launch date of the model in the U.S. until 2021 after originally planning on having it arrive stateside in early 2020.

The EQ family of vehicles will include additional electric models in the coming years.